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Health Watch: Alabama takes a regional approach to treating stroke

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OPELIKA, Ala. -

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious long term disability.

Under the Southeast Regional Acute Stroke system, patients are sent to the hospital that best matches the patient's needs, depending on the severity of the stroke. That's determined by the Alabama Trauma Communications center which the EMT calls to relay symptoms. The participating hospitals know from a computer screen who has available beds, CT scan capability, clot busting drugs and other tools necessary for treatment.

"Sometimes it may be red, because like for us we can't provide 24 hour neurosurgery coverage because we only have one neurosurgeon so during those times that we don't have neurosurgery coverage is that a time that we're red, that let's Birmingham know hey, you have a bleed, you may need to go to Baptist Montgomery versus East Alabama," said Sharon Gess, the Director of the Emergency Department at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

East Alabama Medical Center and Medical Center Barbour are the two hospitals in our area participating. Russell, Lee and Barbour among the 18 counties involved.

 

 

Teresa Whitaker

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